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French

Associate Professors: Pflanze, Taylor (program coordinator)

The Department of Modern Languages offers a major and a minor in French language and francophone literatures and cultures. Students learn the skills, knowledge, and qualities necessary to interact in culturally appropriate ways with francophone speakers. This is accomplished through immersing students in culturally authentic contexts both in and out of the classroom.

PLACEMENT PROCEDURES: All entering freshmen with prior experience in French will receive language placement by French program faculty. This placement will determine their first course in the sequence. Because of the varying requirements for completing a French major or minor, it is to the student's advantage to begin at the highest level possible. NOTE: Students who have completed coursework at one level may not take courses at a lower level without departmental approval.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Since the Department of Modern Languages offers advanced placement, requirements for the French major vary according to entry level. All entering freshmen with prior experience in French will receive language placement by French program faculty. Because of the varying requirements for completing a major or a minor in French, it is to the student's advantage to begin at the highest level possible, usually FRN 207 or FRN 208. However, students with very limited or no background in French will begin their studies with FRN 105 or FRN 106.

Students who begin in 207 will take eight courses, including 207 , 208 , 309 , 310 , and three 400-level courses. With prior approval, one departmental course taught in English translation or one extra-departmental course of appropriate content may count toward the major. Students who begin in 208 can complete a major with seven courses, excluding 207.

Students who begin in 309 will take six courses, including 309 , 310 , three 400-level courses, and at least one additional course above 200. No course taught in English may count toward the major.

Students majoring in French are required to complete a capstone experience, which may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

1.    An oral presentation via PowerPoint in French. Following return from study abroad, the student will present an overview and intercultural analysis of his/her experience to an audience of French faculty and students.
2.    A course-related research paper of approximately 15 pages on a substantive topic decided in conjunction with the instructor. This would normally be completed in the term preceding graduation as part of a seminar course curriculum, such as FRN 420, Topics in Francophone Cultures or FRN 457, Topics in Francophone Literature. The instructor of the course sets specific guidelines for the paper, according to the course topic.
3.    A portfolio in French, either paper or electronic, attesting to the student's achievement in all of the five national standards: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities (see Departmental Mission Statement). In addition to the portfolio project, the student will complete a Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview in French (SOPI).

In each case, capstones must be completed by the time the student petitions for graduation, except if completing a research paper in the term before they graduate. In this case, satisfactory progress toward completion of the project must be demonstrated by the time graduation petitions are presented to the program coordinator.

French majors are strongly advised to spend an extended period immersed in the culture(s) of the target language on an approved Intersession, summer, term- or year-long study abroad program.

French majors are permitted to double major in either German or Spanish.

STUDY ABROAD: All modern language majors (currently French, German, and Spanish) must spend a minimum of one semester, or the academic equivalent, on a study abroad program, course of study, or internship approved by the language program director. The approved program must follow general College study-abroad guidelines.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS: Like the major, French minor requirements vary according to entry level. All entering freshmen with prior experience in French will receive language placement by French program faculty. Because of the varying requirements for completing a major or a minor in French, it is to the student's advantage to begin at the highest level possible, usually FRN 207 or FRN 208. However, students with very limited or no background in French will begin their studies with FRN 105 or FRN 106.

Students who begin in 207 will take five courses, including 207 , 208 , 309 , 310 , and one 400-level courses. Students who begin in 208 must still take five courses to complete a minor.

Students who begin in 309 are not eligible for a minor.

NOTE: Students who have completed coursework at one level may not take courses at a lower level without departmental approval.

AP Policy: Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the French language AP exam receive credit for FRN 207AP in that language.

PLACEMENT PROCEDURES: All entering freshmen must receive language placement for languages with which they have prior experience. This placement will determine their beginning level of that respective language. Placement is done in consultation with the faculty member from the relevant program. Because of the varying requirements for completing a major or minor in language, it is to the student's advantage to begin at the highest level possible.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Students may seek Specialty Education (grades K-12) Certification in French by completing the French major including FRN 260, and an Education minor consisting of those courses required for Specialty Education (grades K-12) Certification.  Before being formally admitted to the program, students must satisfy-by the end of the sophomore year-the Certification Program Requirements described in the Education (Teacher Certification) section of the catalog.

 

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